Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Summer Clearance Baskets Makeover

WELP! The big kid is officially in elementary school. Our big kindergartner did great. I did great too until my sweet baby Nickerbean cried about missing her big sister. They were the sweetest, big ole tears. "Here sweetie, TAKE ALL THE DONUTS. Momma will do WHATEVER you want all week long." That's her best friend. I pray they only grow closer. (while breaking up lots of fights obviously)

Since summer is ending, and we've been getting cooler weather...as in 94 degrees instead of 104...stores are clearing out their spring and summer decor and a couple weeks ago, I scored these plastic coated metal baskets at Hobby Lobby for 80% off. I loved the little wavy line detail at the tops and for less than $2 a piece, (I think maybe less than $1.50 but I can't remember so I'll round up) I would have picked these up even if I had no clue where I'd use them.



The pink is cute but I decided I wanted to use these on my parents' open shelving in their farmhouse kitchen so pink really isn't an option. Side note: I will be sharing pictures and sources for their house very soon. It's beautiful if I do say so myself.

I used a couple spray paints that we already had on hand to give them an old, metal look. You can go purchase spray paint for around $5 a can but could also just use any craft paint that you have at home for the same look. It might just take longer to apply coats and get good coverage.

I started by using metallic silver. Like I said, my parents had this one in their garage. I don't have a favorite spray paint brand or anything and I wasn't super worried about the finish because I toned it down with black later, anyway.

After one coat, I let them dry and flipped them over for another coat.


I NEVER wait the suggested amount of time for spray painted things to dry. I'm just a rebel...also, I have no patience. I'm sure it helps the paint cure better, especially for stuff that will really get use. These will just serve as something pretty to look at, I don't think it matters too much.


After those coats, I used flat black (I used a LOT of flat black spray paint in decorating for their house.) for a very light, spotty coat over each basket. I sprayed in just enough spots to tone down the shininess of the silver and make them look a bit more aged.


I love the way they turned out! I used them both on the open shelving in the kitchen. They don't stand out, they just look like old baskets.  They're exactly what I was going for.


This one holds extra kitchen towels. The tea cups are from my parents' china set from their wedding. The round basket was thrifted and the green finial thing was from my house. On the bottom shelf, I filled in an empty space with a picture of the girls picking peaches. The green bottle was clearance from Hobby Lobby and the heavy glass pitcher was on sale 50% AT a thrift store. Yes, sales at the thrift store too.

Most of the stuff on this shelf was already owned. On the bottom shelf, the basket holding the dish towels was thrifted, then the metal basket. That was all I bought for this side.


The baskets were a quick, easy project and work so well up here. It wasn't until recently that I ever realized that you could change things that were brand new. Mind blown.  I change old stuff all the time but it never dawned on me to change new things. Clearly, with a project coming in at $2, I've jumped right in and won't ever turn back..... That might be an exaggeration but it is good to remember that you don't have to see/ buy ANYTHING for your house exactly as is (if you don't want to). Change it however you can to meet your needs. Like I said, I always look at stuff that way at a thrift store and then kind of just forget to when I'm other places. So these cheap baskets are a good start and a nice reminder.

What about you, have you made something bright pink, look farmhousey? ; )Or have you even bought something only to change it?

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Clearance! Stuff I'd buy for a price I'd pay

Happy Tuesday! We have less than a week until our life changes a bit: we'll have a kindergartner! It blows my mind to think that we're here. I'm so proud of our big kid. She's smart and thoughtful and a sweet friend to those around her. I pray that she's a light in the halls of her new school.

Now switching to decor. I love having a beautiful, comfortable home for my family to spend time in. The hubs works from home, the girls and I are at home, so we're here a lot. But having your house look pretty and be cozy does not have to cost a lot of money.  This part of my blogging is important to me. I do not want anyone to think they can't get the look their going for on their budget. You can.  Over time and with patience and creativity, you can buy things that will give you a more polished, homey look without breaking the bank.

Basically any store I go to, I walk straight to the clearance section to shop. That is the same for online. So, today I've compiled a list of things I'd buy and the clearance prices that I'd pay for them.

This tray from Target for $8.98.

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It would be cute propped against the wall on a dresser layered with a vase or frame in front, or placed on a sofa table with some coasters and remotes or used in the kitchen.

Woah. This leaning desk like the one we made is $48.98 if you want it in turquoise or grey. Ummm yeah I'll take it in turquoise or grey...Geez, what am I? Some kind of fool? : )

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This pillow is super cute. It's pillowfort which is Targets' new kids stuff but I'd use this pillow anywhere. Plus, I think I see pompoms so yeah, this would come home with me very quickly.

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This runner from rugsUSA.com (where I buy most of our rugs) is $44. They have rugs right now at 90% off. AND coupons for 10% off that. (I always search for coupons before I buy something online. You never know...)
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This one is $76 for a 5x8 and vintage looking oriental rugs are really in right now. Here's a post I wrote about incorporating them into your house.

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This isn't super helpful because it says its out of stock online but Hobby Lobby is a place that I always grab clearance stuff for decorating. Or at least don't buy it unless its 50% off that week. This wire longhorn is on clearance from $60 to $12. DEAL. How cute would it look on a gallery wall or over a little boy's dresser? The answer is "very cute".

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This cutie from World Market would go in my cart. In the store. I wouldn't pay shipping on a $2 towel. I just recently went through our kitchen towel supply and threw away some really tired looking towels. And fancy towels make doing dishes 3 times a day a little more tolerable.


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This one because tassels= happiness.

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**These towels are affiliate links but nothing else is. It's all just things I like. Just want to give you a taste of my thriftiness.

I posted this find on my Instagram last week. The basket was on clearance at TJ Maxx for $6 so I grabbed it to use as a planter.
 Add a free print and you've got yourself a very good start to a great, eclectic looking room.
Some other places I shop are Tuesday Morning, Marshalls, Ross, HomeGoods and then just thrift stores. Baskets, lamps and frames are always so easy to find at thrift stores. I hardly shell out money anywhere else for that stuff. Brass accents are easy to find at thrift stores too. I buy flat sheets from Walmart to use as curtains. You can read about that here. And voila, a whole room!
 
I just wanted to give you a little taste of what I look for when I'm out shopping for a space. Good stuff doesn't have to cost a lot of money and good rooms aren't made overnight. At least not rooms in our house...

So are you a clearance browser? An over time decorator? I want to hear about it!

Next week, I'll have pictures of my parents' new house to show you. Can't wait to give you all the details! Thanks for reading, friends.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Warm Wood Tones and an Awesome Watch

**This is a sponsored post but I promise all opinions are my own. Thanks for reading!

My family and friends know that all of this House Homemade stuff originally started as "Pink Paisley" wherein I made extra fun money by painting furniture with chalk paint. I still paint and sell pieces every now and then and I still love to give furniture a pop of color, but lately I've been drawn to decorating with warm wood tones. Because 1. it gives a vintage, earthy vibe. 2. it's hotter than Hades here in Texas so painting furniture in the garage is like a form of torture 3. laziness- when you find something while thrifting, you can bring it home and wipe it down and be done. NO EXTRA STEPS!

Today I want to show you how I decorate with wood and what I look for in a piece; and read all the way to the end because I'm so excited about my newest wooden accessory!

I found this amazing cabinet in Craigslist for $40. We were living in Hawaii and I saw it for sale in Dallas and begged my sweet brother to snatch it up for me. It's way too beautiful to paint. Old, worn and the perfect brown color. Plus it provides so much storage for my unused decor. I figure as long as my extras only take up one cabinet, I'm in good shape. Notice how there are smaller, painted pieces around it. The green window and the black side table break up the brown tones.


All of these images are from my Instagram. Also, that's Toot. She got her flattering name here. Puddle (not pictured)
Decorating with warm wood tones | House Homemade

You can see a bit of the desk which holds our tv. It was a Craigslist find as well. It was more orange when we got it so I wiped a bit of brown stain on it and brought it inside. The wicker basket was a thrift store find and adds to the eclectic look I'm going for. I've been known to spray paint wicker but if it's in good shape, I say leave it be. Also, mixing wood tones is totally fine. Having everything the same stain color can get to be too heavy. If you do try mixing tones, make sure to balance it out. Try to spread furniture or accents of a certain color evenly through the space. This idea also works with painted furniture or color in a space.
Decorating with warm wood tones | House Homemade

My Gran gave me this print tray when she moved out of her house. I remember looking at it as a kid and I love that it's in my house. I didn't want to paint it so I cut a few rectangles of white paper to brighten it up a bit.

Decorating with warm wood tones | House Homemade

My dad made our headboard out of wood from my grandparents' old farmhouse. I didn't do a thing but seal it. It is so special to me. Thanks dad. Who I found out reads my blog. Awww.
Decorating with warm wood tones | House Homemade

When I'm thrifting I'm also drawn to wooden accents. I found these sweet wooden bowls at a garage sale a few years ago. I love them stacked in the open shelf space in out kitchen. I love the warmth wood brings when it's next to bright colors or stark whites.
Decorating with warm wood accessories | House Homemade

Speaking of warm wood tones next to stark whites (my skin...)--- I kid. This red head has a tiny bit of color not caused by  freckles... I was given this amazing wood watch by JORD. It's zebra-wood and maple. SEE! Mixing wood tones!! Receiving it was such a sweet blessing because, if you know me, you know that I don't spend money on myself. Like, barely ever unless I go crazy at an old navy sale and then pay my friend to buy it for me with her card so I can get an extra 30% off. Shout out, Erika.  Told you, it's bad y'all...But this watch, SO GOOD! I'm hooked.

JORD wood watch review and giveaway | House Homemade
I love the size of it. It's big enough that it makes me feel dainty. That's a thing. Can I get a witness? Also, you'd think it would be heavy but it's not at all!

It came in a pretty wooden box. My girls thought it was so fancy. Then fought over the box...and the 'barbie pillow' that came with it..
JORD wood watch review and giveaway | House Homemade

Wood is the perfect neutral. I can see myself wearing this everyday! I have so far. For something like a watch to be worn everyday they're so reasonably priced.  Even to me! They would be such a great back to school gift for yourself (my teacher friends!) or a unique gift for birthday or Christmas. They have lots of other women's watches too, and men's!
JORD wood watch review and giveaway | House Homemade

Here's my beautiful watch in our beautiful bathroom with earrings my mom had made for me and a wooden bead necklace that I thrifted then added a tassel, because tassels.
JORD wood watch review and giveaway | House Homemade

Aww, I spy a baby hand and baby cheetah converse.
JORD wood watch review and giveaway | House Homemade

Even though they are reasonably priced on their own, JORD is giving my readers credit toward a watch! One person will win $75 off the watch of your choice. That's a pretty great discount said the woman who loves a good discount. Anyone and everyone who enters gets a coupon for $20 off! Mom, will you enter so that JORD knows I have at least 2 readers? You and dad....

Go HERE to enter. All they need is your email and they'll send you your coupon code for $20 off and email the winner of the $75 credit. Contest ends August 16th. Feel free to share this post with friends and family too!

Thank you JORD, for my new favorite thing and thanks for reading friends!

I hope you don't mind me adding a sponsored post into the mix. I promise I'll be picky in what I choose to tell you about but this cutie was right up my alley so I'm so thankful to have it and tell you about it!

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PS putting your watch in the grass and taking a picture is TOTALLY normal..

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

How to Make Pinwheels as Wall Decor

Hope yall had a great weekend! I'm so excited to bring you next weeks post so make sure you come back then. Today I have a super cute, super easy, super cheap, big impact project for a kids space. You have maybe seen me post them on instagram, (if you don't follow me there, you should!)

Pinwheel wall art decor | House Homemade
Print Via Jude Landry

See those cutesy pinwheels?! That's just scrap book paper and some push pins. I told you-- So easy and of course they can be made to match any room colors and would also be cute made out of felt on a summery wreath or for a picnic party (even though I am NOT a pinterest party kind of lady.) If it's more than a couple steps or can't be made with less that 3 ingredients, then its not for me...

Back to the pinwheels. For this project you'll need any size paper cut in squares. I think the back of the paper showing white is great but there are also double sided scrapbook papers which are good for a little variety. (see the shiny navy one in the picture above?...variety) Oh, and scissors and push pins. Maybe some tape if you like to make things easier on yourself but you don't need it.

Pinwheel wall art decor | House Homemade

I drew the marks on the paper so that you could see cut lines but don't do this. Just cut the paper from each corner, into the center of the page. Make sure you stop and leave the center uncut or else you'll have lots of pretty triangles but no pinwheels.

Pinwheel wall art decor | House Homemade

Pinwheel wall art decor | House Homemade
 Once you've made the cuts, grab a corner and pull it to the center. Don't fold it and make a crease, just keep it puffy and rounded.


Its tricky if you have big man hands like me, to get all the sides pulled down and to stay put. This is where you can use a tiny piece of tape to hold down 2 sides while you grab the other 2.

Pinwheel wall art decor | House Homemade
Go around to every piece pulling the corner from the same side as before. Does that make sense? Pull down all of the left corners to make it a pinwheel shape. If you alternate corners, or pull down the wrong corner it will make more of a square shape and not a pinwheel...

Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn't. See how the picture below has the raised pieces in yellow? That's because I started folding with the white as the front. The step by step pictures above have the yellow as the front, making the raised pieces white. Picking up what I'm putting down here? Just another way to get even more variety.

Pinwheel wall art decor | House Homemade

Use a push pin, pin it to the wall and voila! It's so darn whimsical and cute.  Although I think they make a way better statement in a group.

Pinwheel wall art decor | House Homemade

Here's the other side of the Nickerbean playroom. I had to zoom in because it's a crazy mess in there..... I used different sizes and colors. I also put them on the wall in a big, organic, diagonal line so that they look like their floating almost.

Back to the opposite wall:

Pinwheel wall art decor | House Homemade


Pinwheel wall art decor | House Homemade

I love how they bend between two walls. It makes them look more organic. You can also spin them still to put them at different angles.
Pinwheel wall art decor | House Homemade

Pinwheel wall art decor | House Homemade
 I just love them!

If whimsy pinwheels pertain to you, I hope you'll make some! Let me know if you have any questions and send me pictures or tag me on social media if you make any! Happy crafting!

Pinwheel wall art decor | House Homemade

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Easy Tee Shirt Macrame Plant Hanger

Hope your weekend was great. The girls went with my parents to hang out and the hubs and I got some free time. My parents' farmhouse is almost done and I am so excited to get in there and start putting together all the stuff I've been gathering for their home. I also plan to take lots of pictures and share them all with you!

Today, I'm skipping back to the girls bathroom yet again. I made a cute macrame plant hanger for very cheap and I wanted to show you how. This would be a great craft night project to do with girlfriends. Sit down with a glass of wine, do this in 10 minutes and then talk the rest of the time. Those are the kind of craft nights my friends and I have. I highly recommend it.

Tee Shirt Macrame Plant Hanger | House Homemade
Print via Eighteen25

I followed a tutorial from Brit and Co. except instead of going to the fabric store to buy jersey knit, I went to the thrift store and bought a $1 tee shirt because 1. I didn't have a navy colored t shirt at home and 2. because I thought that was cheaper. I made sure to get a large looking shirt with a small logo so that I'd be left with mostly navy fabric.

To complete this project you need scissors, jersey knit, a tape measure, and a hook (to install). And a plant and planter obviously. Even though I almost left it out.

Tee Shirt Macrame Plant Hanger | House Homemade
 I brought the shirt home, laid it out and cut 8 1.5" strips.

Tee Shirt Macrame Plant Hanger | House Homemade

Once you have your 8 strips, pull the fabric from one end to the other, stretching it but also causing the fabric to roll in on itself and look more like a tube than a strip.

Tee Shirt Macrame Plant Hanger | House Homemade

Once all of the pieces and stretched and ready, tie them all together in a big knot at the end leaving some extra fabric at the bottom of the knot.

Tee Shirt Macrame Plant Hanger | House Homemade

Next separate the strings into groups of 2 and tie each of those pairs into knots 2"-3" from the bottom. I tried for 2" but the fabric gives so much that once I got it tight, it was a little longer.

Tee Shirt Macrame Plant Hanger | House Homemade

Now take one piece from each of the pairs and group it with one strip from the neighboring knot. The space in the middle should be diamond shaped. Tie those pieces together. Got it? I'm really bad at taking step by step pictures because I start something and get in the zone and forget to pause. Geez. Sorry. 

That's it! The whole project is 10 knots. One at the bottom, 8 to hold the planter, and one at the top to hang from.

The glass bowl and the white sand were both a dollar at the Dollar Tree. The succulent was the most expensive part of the project. (It's from Hobby Lobby and was like $2 with a coupon.) I can't keep real ones alive. I think I drown them. The ones at Hobby Lobby look real so I decided to spring for them and give up on real ones.

Tee Shirt Macrame Plant Hanger | House Homemade

It was so quick and easy! These would look so cute hanging over a dresser in a kids space with bright colored fabric or on a bigger scale in the corner of a covered porch. Love it!

Tee Shirt Macrame Plant Hanger | House Homemade

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